Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Reading Envy 172: The It Book of NYC

Jenny welcomes Jon Laubinger of the Film Baby Film Podcast back to the Reading Envy Pub for a chat on books, the multimedia versions they connect to, and more. We spend some time chatting about recent book awards, including more on the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. If you're not that interested in award chatter, jump ahead to 15:15. And make sure to listen to the end for information on one Reading Envy guest who had a movie made from his work!

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Books discussed:



The Need by Helen Phillip
The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes
Satantango by László Krasznahorkai, translated by George Szirtes
First Light by Charles Baxter
The Devils of Loudon by Aldous Huxley
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, read by Frances McDormand


Other mentions:

Booker Prize 2019
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
Nobel Prize for Literature
Flights by Olga Tocarczuk
Wings of Desire (film)
Kindred by Octavia Butler
ZEAL & ARDOR
"We Are in the Future" - This American Life 623
Interview with Rivers Solomon
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Satantango (film)
Werckmeister Harmonies (film)
The Turin Horse (film)
Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
Tinkers by Paul Harding
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
The Devils (film)
Black Wave by Michelle Tea
Beanpole (film)
21 Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by P&V


Related Episodes:

Episode 041 - Grotesque Beauty with Nathan Ballingrud 
Episode 080 - The Wild Things Helped with Jason Roland
Episode 102 - The Reading Women Reading Envy Crossover Episode 
Episode 106 - Falling Asleep During Tarkovsky Films with Jon Laubinger
Episode 126 - Bernice Bobs her Hair with Jon Laubinger
Episode 165 - Delightful Reads with Claire
Episode 166 - On Brand with Karen
Episode 167 - Book Pendulum with Reggie
Episode 170 - Permission to Read with Joshua Greer 
 

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review: A Year Without a Name: A Memoir

A Year Without a Name: A Memoir A Year Without a Name: A Memoir by Cyrus Grace Dunham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I decided to start November out seeing how many memoirs I could read.

This memoir is an excellent capture of grappling with genderqueer identity. I've marked a bunch of places that resonate with experiences friends of mine have had, but I've never seen in articulated so well. It's a quick read and very worth reading.

I verified with the publisher that I could quote from my copy so here are the bits that resonated with experiences friends of mine have had, so eloquently stated:

"Whenever my bodily claustrophobia grows unbearable, I seek new lovers, new locations, new friends. So be it. Novelty is the longest-lasting short-term coping system I know of."

"I hated myself for still believing that one person, a lover, could rid me of whatever kept me hating myself in the first place."

"...More and more people in my life began to accuse me of dishonesty... A friend who had caught on to my habit gave me her marked-up copy of a 1975 Adrienne Rich essay called 'Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying.' Rich writes that the liars, afraid of themselves, cannot bear their own contradictions, cannot face what might be lost if they are honest. I said whatever I thought people wanted to hear...."

"How to know if the problem was gender or personhood. How to know if the problem was gender or me."

This book came out November 15, 2019 - I was sent a copy from the publisher.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Reading Envy 171: Foodie Recommendations with Jen Nathan Orris

Jenny reached out to the host of her favorite foodie podcast to see if she would be interested in collaborating on a recommendations episode - just in time for the holidays! We cover a range of types of books - cookbooks, essays, memoir - and have a few titles from the backlist to recommend as well. The second season of the Skillet podcast goes live the same day this episode, so I hope you'll give both a listen!

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Books discussed:



Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver 
The Nordic Baking Book by Magnus Nilsson
Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin
Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi 
Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman
Women on Food ed. by Charlotte Druckman
Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs by Julia Turshen
The Modern Cook's Year by Anna Jones
Mixtape Potluck Cookbook by Questlove
South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations by Sean Brock
The Jewish Cookbook by Leah Koenig
The Best American Food Writing 2019 edited by Samin Nosrat

Other mentions:

ASAP's Farm Tour (Western North Carolina)
Chef's Table - Magnus Nilsson (tv show)
Nilsson - Thick Oven-Baked Pancake with Apple on JennyBakes
The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty
Top Chef Season 13
Kith and Kin
Where I Come From by Aaron Sanchez
Alison Roman on Instagram
Feed the Resistance by Julia Turshen
Dorie Greenspan
Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan and Julia Child
Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
Keep Calm and Cook On podcast
Jones - Whole-wheat spelt, date, and molasses scones on JennyBakes
Jones - Cauliflower rice with fried eggs and green chutney on JennyBakes
Chef's Table episode with Sean Brock
Heritage by Sean Brock
Brock - Peanut Butter Chess Pie on JennyBakes
Best American Food Writing 2018 edited by Ruth Reichl
The Bitter Southerner

Related Episodes (and Posts):

Episode 064 - Reading Down the Rabbit Hole with guest Tracy Landrith
Episode 143 - Reading the Pain with Kala
Recommended Reads in Biography and Memoir: Foodie (July 2017)


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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is memoir 4 of my Non-fiction November memoir project.

Unfollow chronicles Megan Phelps' journey out of the Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for anti-gay protests and general awfulness. Megan shows it from the inside (her grandfather started the church) and I think anyone interested in cults or extremism will learn a lot about the tactics used to make people behave in ways that seem so unforgivable, and also to understand the keys to helping them work their way out.

As a person coming from a background of similar religious beliefs (if not the insular committee,) I sadly related to a lot of this, and some of her realizations resonated in ways I hadn't actually considered before. She likely has a long road ahead of her, still isolated from her family still in the church, and the almost 30 years of brainwashing that (trust me) surfaces in bizarre ways. Being raised in an extremist religion creates an internal running dialogue of doctrines and verses and teachings. Megan captures this experience in a way I've never been able to articulate. Her long mental journey out also comes with the realization that Westboro is not as unique as we want to believe it is, that extremism and hatred are on the rise, and I'm glad she is working to counter it from this point forward.

I have ao many pages marked but read an ARC so feel I can't put them here. I am likely to buy it and reread it so check back.

I had a copy of this book from FSG books through netgalley and it came out October 8, 2019.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Reading Envy 170: Permission to Read with Joshua Greer

Joshua Greer has known Jenny since he worked for her in the music library as a new college student, and since then has gone on to become a librarian. We have been talking about having him on the podcast for a while, so I'm glad it finally worked out!

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Books discussed:

 

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Crossing by Pajtim Statovci
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Little Weirds by Jenny Slate


Other mentions:

Beaufort County (SC) Library
Bahni Turpin (narrator)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Frazer Douglas (narrator)
The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller
Tuvan throat singers
Russian Doll (tv show)
Circe by Madeleine Miller
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Jim Dale (narrator)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Guardian Books podcast interview with Lucy Ellmann
Booker Prize Podcast


Related Episodes:

Episode 099 - Readalong: The Secret History
Episode 100 - 100 Reasons Why
Episode 139 - Stocking Stuffer (Best Reads of 2018)
Episode 162 - Heat Rating with Sara DeSantis
Episode 167 - Book Pendulum with Reggie


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Jenny at Goodreads
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Some of these links are Amazon affiliate links, where I do get a minor kickback when people click on them. Since I never beg for donations, I don't feel too bad about it.